Renault Sport has not yet confirmed if the concept car, revealed publicly at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix in late May, will go into production.
But it’s clear the top automotive scribes of the day want it to after looking it over and being permitted to try it out.
Autocar 5/5; Auto Express 5/5; EVO 4.5/5; Top Gear 9/10. They’ve all had a taste and the general consensus is that R.S.16 has the potential to become as iconic at least as the Clio V6 or Clio Williams.
Sam Naylor, Auto Express: “It’s fantastic; why not just get on with it?” cried Auto Express’s Sam Naylor on Twitter about the 2.0 turbocharged terror. Similarly EVO’s Dan Prosser tweeted: "R.S.16 is a massive amount of fun to drive on track – playful, fast and brilliantly rewarding.”
Quite rightly, too, the media has branded R.S.16 “the fastest Renault ever”. Consider that it is fitted with the same 2.0 engine and six-speed manual gearbox used in the outrageous Mégane 275 Trophy-R…
In fact EVO goes even further stating: “The R.S.16 is probably the fastest and most hardcore small hot hatch ever.”
"Officially, it's still a concept car, but we dearly hope it doesn't stay that way,” said Autocar’s Matt Prior who summed up the car as “Hugely entertaining, deliciously adjustable… It’s a total dynamic hoot”.
Meanwhile Top Gear included R.S.16 among its fastest cars of the year collection for its annual Speed Week competition. Stephen Dobie enthused: “Here is a hatchback brim-full of charisma and with enjoyment at the top of its agenda.”
Click on the quick links below to read each media review of the R.S.16.